Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

Iowa Startup Accelerator showcases 2015 cohort.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Members of the 2014 cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) made their pitches to an audience of more than 900 at Launch Day in downtown Cedar Rapids recently. ISA’s 2015 program began in August and included more than a hundr ...

Lil Sidekick kicks up a stir in baby products.

POLK CITY, Iowa – You and Yours LLC is a new company kicking it in the fast-growing baby products industry with its product Lil Sidekick. Founder and Polk City resident Amy Vohs invented the Lil Sidekick as a solution to her own frustration. When her fi ...

Athena GTX pioneers telemedicine applications.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Athena GTX designs wireless miniature medical monitors that can save lives and cut the cost of health care. Athena has developed products for both military and civilian markets with a wide range of applications. Electronic systems s ...

Swineguard designed to protect newborn pigs.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Swineguard is a startup business founded by a pair of University of Iowa students, Matt Rooda and Abraham Espinosa. The business is focused on just one product, a device designed to reduce operating costs for small pig farmers by eli ...

ClinicNote wins award to explore market demand.

DES MOINES, Iowa — ClinicNote, a startup company founded by three Iowa State University students, recently received a $25,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The young company has worked with the Global Insurance Accelerator ...

An ocean in Iowa? Inland Sea plans aquaculture system.

AMES, Iowa — Inland Sea LLC is an Ames-based joint venture formed in 2014 between Heartland Global and Global Aquaponic Foods. The company is planning to build recirculating aquaculture system facilities for salmon production. The first facility will re ...

Startup launches app promoting green lifestyle.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Re-APP Inc. is preparing to launch its second mobile app, Sift. Founded in Cedar Rapids in January 2014, the startup gained initial traction from its first app, named Re-APP, designed to promote behaviors that support environmental ...

ProduceRun creates platform for online farmers markets.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — ProduceRun has developed a software platform that serves as a farmers market on the World Wide Web. The ProduceRun website includes technology allowing farmers to upload information about their farm goods along with photos and pric ...

HLT bringing to market new test prep apps.

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Higher Learning Technologies has won a $300,000 loan from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to help bring to market a new educational software product, including hiring key personnel. HLT started in Coralville in 2012 with a s ...

Ames startup readies PetMeasure for market.

AMES, Iowa — Maher Technologies is an Ames startup that has developed PetMeasure, a dog collar that enables veterinarians and animal owners to remotely monitor an animal’s core temperature and ambient humidity. The goal of the system is to provide an ...

VSI Aerospace rocket science gets a boost from IEDA.

AMES, Iowa — The team at VSI Aerospace Inc. are experts at interpreting the concepts basic to rocket science into educational games. The company is beta testing its product, DAVinCI Flight, a game designed to fill a need for effective tools for teaching ...

Iowa small businesses added 81K jobs, says UNI study.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The 2015 Iowa Small Business Report reveals that 30 percent of small businesses in Iowa added jobs in 2014. The annual report, released by the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation, measures sa ...

18 brownfield/grayfield projects to remedy urban blight.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently approved redevelopment tax credits for 18 brownfield and grayfield projects. The Redevelopment Tax Credit Program provides financial assistance for the acquisition, remediation ...

Pear Deck to pitch at Google event for startups.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Pear Deck will pitch at Google for Entrepreneurs Annual Demo Day in California in April. The Pear Deck team will make a presentation April 2 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The event will feature 12 different start ...